LRD Booklets June 2020

State support and coronavirus - a trade union guide

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Introduction

Introduction [pages 5-7] (866 words)

State support and coronavirus aims to provide guidance to those dealing with the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis and who need to navigate ...
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Chapter 1

1. Retaining jobs: the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CVJRS) [ch 1: page 8] (64 words)

The coronavirus outbreak has put the UK economy under massive strain. In March, the government ordered thousands of businesses and other ...
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What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CVJRS)? [ch 1: page 8] (232 words)

Which employers are entitled to receive support under the CVJRS? [ch 1: pages 8-9] (205 words)

Can public sector organisations apply? [ch 1: page 9] (68 words)

Which employees does it cover? [ch 1: pages 9-10] (333 words)

Furloughing, sickness and shielding [ch 1: page 10] (94 words)

Flexible furloughing [ch 1: page 10] (179 words)

How much do employers get under CVJRS? [ch 1: pages 10-11] (183 words)

How much do employees get under CVJRS? [ch 1: page 11] (148 words)

Can my employer top up my pay to 100% while I am furloughed? [ch 1: page 11] (83 words)

Commitments linked to CVJRS [ch 1: page 11] (88 words)

Trade union duties and activities [ch 1: page 11] (23 words)

Chapter 2

2. Help for the self-employed: the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) [ch 2: page 12] (82 words)

Government statistics, published in May 2020, show that there were just over five million self-employed people in the first three months of 2020, ...
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What is the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)? [ch 2: page 12] (88 words)

Who eligible for SEISS? [ch 2: pages 12-13] (207 words)

Problems with the scheme? [ch 2: page 13] (192 words)

How do you claim for SEISS? [ch 2: page 13] (105 words)

How much do you get under SEISS? [ch 2: page 13] (92 words)

Chapter 3

3. Support for those who are sick or self-isolating: Statutory Sick Pay, New Style Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit [ch 3: page 14] (155 words)

Coronavirus has had a major impact on the numbers of people absent from work because of sickness, either directly or indirectly. At the end of May ...
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Which benefit? [ch 3: page 14] (228 words)

What is Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)? [ch 3: page 15] (299 words)

Who is eligible for SSP? [ch 3: pages 15-18] (792 words)

Contribution conditions [ch 3: page 18] (410 words)

How much do you get under SSP? [ch 3: page 19] (202 words)

Have unions negotiated sick-pay improvements on top of SSP? [ch 3: page 19] (135 words)

When to claim [ch 3: page 19] (165 words)

Notification rules for SSP [ch 3: page 20] (126 words)

How is it paid? [ch 3: page 20] (76 words)

Disputes over payment [ch 3: page 20] (116 words)

How to appeal [ch 3: pages 20-21] (191 words)

What is New Style Employment and Support Allowance (New Style ESA)? [ch 3: page 21] (300 words)

National Insurance contributions [ch 3: pages 21-22] (188 words)

Who is eligible for New Style ESA? [ch 3: page 22] (170 words)

How do you claim New Style ESA? [ch 3: pages 22-23] (257 words)

How much do you get under New Style ESA? [ch 3: page 23] (287 words)

Commitments linked to New Style ESA [ch 3: pages 23-24] (117 words)

How is New Style ESA paid? [ch 3: page 24] (27 words)

What is Personal Independence Payment (PIP) [ch 3: page 24] (66 words)

Who is eligible for PIP? [ch 3: page 24] (97 words)

How do you claim PIP? [ch 3: pages 24-25] (220 words)

How much can you get from PIP? [ch 3: page 25] (127 words)

Commitments linked to PIP [ch 3: page 25] (28 words)

How is PIP paid? [ch 3: page 25] (18 words)

Universal Credit and health-related absence from work [ch 3: pages 25-26] (299 words)

Other benefits linked to ill-health and disability [ch 3: page 26] (93 words)

Appealing against decisions [ch 3: pages 26-27] (170 words)

Chapter 4

4: Support for the unemployed and those whose earnings are cut:
Universal Credit and New Style Jobseeker's Allowance [ch 4: page 28] (95 words)

Even with government financial support described earlier in this booklet, the coronavirus crisis has wreaked havoc on the UK economy and thrown ...
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Which benefit? [ch 4: page 28] (340 words)

What is Universal Credit? [ch 4: page 29] (125 words)

Who is eligible for Universal Credit? [ch 4: page 29] (151 words)

How do you claim Universal Credit? [ch 4: pages 29-30] (150 words)

How much do you get under Universal Credit? [ch 4: page 30] (148 words)

Standard allowance [ch 4: page 30] (170 words)

Additions for children and childcare [ch 4: pages 31-32] (502 words)

Additions linked to caring and health [ch 4: page 32] (187 words)

Additions linked to housing costs [ch 4: pages 32-34] (791 words)

Elements which reduce the Universal Credit you receive [ch 4: page 34] (59 words)

Income from employment for employees [ch 4: pages 34-35] (306 words)

Income from self-employment [ch 4: page 35] (209 words)

Income from savings [ch 4: page 35] (147 words)

Other forms of income [ch 4: page 36] (134 words)

Benefit cap [ch 4: pages 36-38] (536 words)

Commitments linked to Universal Credit [ch 4: page 38] (409 words)

The impact of coronavirus [ch 4: page 39] (175 words)

How is Universal Credit paid? [ch 4: page 39] (124 words)

Waiting for the first Universal Credit payment [ch 4: page 39] (86 words)

Advance payments [ch 4: page 40] (142 words)

Budgeting advance [ch 4: page 40] (98 words)

How the monthly timing of Universal Credit
 affects the amount received [ch 4: pages 40-41] (608 words)

Sanctions [ch 4: page 42] (304 words)

Other support [ch 4: pages 42-43] (294 words)

Universal Credit and free school meals [ch 4: page 43] (60 words)

Universal Credit, EU nationals and Brexit [ch 4: pages 43-44] (255 words)

What is New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)? [ch 4: page 44] (136 words)

Who is eligible for New Style JSA? [ch 4: page 45] (171 words)

How do you claim New Style JSA? [ch 4: page 45] (82 words)

How much do you get under New Style JSA? [ch 4: page 45] (161 words)

Commitments linked to New Style JSA [ch 4: page 46] (94 words)

How is New Style JSA paid? [ch 4: page 46] (67 words)

Chapter 5

5: Help if your husband, wife or civil partner dies: Bereavement Support Payment [ch 5: page 47] (76 words)

By early June, the number of officially registered COVID-related deaths had passed 50,000 in the UK, and, although the majority of those dying from ...
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What is Bereavement Support Payment? [ch 5: page 47] (67 words)

Who is eligible for Bereavement Support Payment? [ch 5: page 47] (162 words)

How do you claim Bereavement Support Payment? [ch 5: page 47] (58 words)

How much do you get under the Bereavement Support Payment? [ch 5: page ] (201 words)

Commitments linked to Bereavement Support Payment [ch 5: page 48] (43 words)

How is Bereavement Support Payment paid? [ch 5: page 48] (22 words)

Inheriting State Pension entitlement [ch 5: page 48] (31 words)

Funeral Expenses Payments [ch 5: page 49] (315 words)

Further information

Further help and information (535 words)

The state benefits system is run mainly by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), while HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) administers the ...
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